Needs related to 2B. life’s elements: 1C. Spiritual 2C. Physical (food,
sex, sleep, exercise) 3C. MENTAL/EMOTIONAL– [right thinking] 4C. SOCIAL –
favor (time with/for others.) 5C. FINANCIAL stewardship.
Accountability for ability and talents given motivates faithfulness.
Remembrance of that accountability is essential on a daily basis. Stewardship is
There are various needs we see as a human being, and the above
are those which seem to be basic to all our race and within the Christian or
biblical viewpoint. Needs of humanity have been researched and philosophized
since man was created and man has since the fall in the Garden, rebelled against
God’s view of man’s needs. He has tried to define life apart from God. For
further study see, "The God Who Is There," and "How Should We
Then Live?" by Francis Schaeffer.
Introduction – Forgiveness Principle 5A
Why is Confession included as a prayer principle in the Lord's Prayer?
Confession is not necessary to maintain the soul's salvation. Eternal
Security means a salvation no work can erase because no human work
accomplished it! Ephesians 2:8-9-10.
After salvation the soul begins a relationship with the Spirit of God
referred to in scripture as a "walk." That relationship can be
affected by deeds and thoughts. Fellowship is a word we use to describe that
relationship we have with God. Sin breaks that relationship and causes the
Spirit of God to bring us into conviction– a distress of soul that reminds us
we have offended our Father in heaven. To be restored, and thus not loose reward
and earthly favor of God, the believer enters a process called
"sanctification" that is maintained only through
"confession" of sins committed after salvation of the soul. We will
now study what this means.
There are, to start, at least two major concepts concerning forgiveness:
1. The Beatitudes. Attitude required for Confession. This is found in Christ's Sermon
on the Mount in a passage commonly referred to as "The Beatitudes."
These are "Attitudes Which Ought to Be." We will look at them in
detail to fully understand their part in showing us sin in our life. See Matthew
11:28-30 for Jesus statement of this need.
Matthew 11:28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and
lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is
easy and My burden is light."
Being "gentle and lowly in heart" is the essence of the beatitudes
needed for Confession, thus Sanctification. Finding "rest" is removing
guilt in the human spirit which has been caused by sin not confessed and
2. The Doctrine of Confession. The Process of Sanctification. This presupposes God's Conviction
which is accomplished by the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is done through 6 steps
we call the Doctrine of Confession. Elements 1-3 are Our
Responsibilities; elements 4-6 are actions God takes in response which are
simply part of our "Believing" Responsibility:
1. Confession 2. Forsaking 3. Believing
4. Forgiveness 5. Cleansing 6. Blessing